How to avoid Nigeria’s upcoming secession crisis

The old conventional wisdom is that only the North can secede from Nigeria without a finger of opposition raised or a shot fired to stop it. That conventional wisdom is so yesterday. There has been a paradigm shift. The only trouble is that the infamous ‘Nigerian stakeholders’ have their heads still buried in the past.

The problem with Nigeria is simple and fundamental. The tribes and religions are already in place as the default status. What is needed to gradually bring these different competing personalities to the center in a seamless way was…